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September 6, 2012

Consultation on change to West Coast DHB Leadership Team

Significant progress has been made in the past few months as the West Coast District Health Board continues along the pathway of transforming the way health services are delivered on the West Coast.

Chief Executive David Meates says, "We are changing the way we look after people and we're getting things done. We have submitted a business case to re-develop the Grey Base Hospital and build an integrated family health centre in Greymouth. We have also submitted a proposal to build an integrated family health centre in Buller. Both these plans are before the Government and we will be progressing them at a meeting with Ministry of Health officials next month in Greymouth. We are also focused on recruiting health professionals to ensure we can provide consistency of care to people living on the Coast.

"Over the next three months, three senior managers will be leaving the organisation. This has meant that we've revisited how we resource and structure our leadership team. A consultation paper outlining proposed changes to the leadership structure of the DHB was sent to all staff this week. Our staff have been invited to provide feedback on the consultation paper before September 17," says David Meates.

"Among the prospective changes, we are proposing to establish two new roles - General Manager, Buller Health Services, and General Manager, Greymouth and Westland Health Services. These new roles, based in Westport and Greymouth respectively, reflect the importance of having dedicated local leadership for health service delivery. Both roles will have accountability for all aspects of health and disability service provision and facilities."

General Manager Hecta Williams, General Manager of Planning and Funding Wayne Turp, and Chief Financial Officer Colin Weeks will leave the organisation in the next three months.

Hecta Williams has decided to take early retirement from December 31. Hecta has had a number of roles during her many years with the DHB and its predecessor organisations, and she has made an enormous contribution to the West Coast health system. Hecta has kindly agreed to remain with the DHB until the end of the year to complete some important work in the area of corporate quality and risk management. She will undertake this work from October 1 until year-end. 

Wayne Turp's Lyttelton home has recently been repaired following the Canterbury earthquakes.  This has enabled Wayne to take up an opportunity with the Canterbury District Health Board as Project Specialist within the Canterbury Planning and Funding team. In this role, which commences on October 1, Wayne will undertake work with a regional focus that supports the planning, funding and delivery of transalpine health services. Wayne's knowledge of the West Coast health system will be invaluable in this new role.

Colin Weeks has decided to explore opportunities outside the DHB and will be leaving on 01 November 2012. From October 1, Colin has agreed to specifically assist the finance team with the Oracle migration. Colin has managed the organisation's financial resources during a period of heightened scrutiny and real financial pressure. This has not been an easy task and Colin's commitment to reducing the deficit has been greatly appreciated.

David Meates says, "I want to thank Hecta, Wayne and Colin for the significant contribution they have made to health services on the Coast."


For more information

Michael Frampton
Programme Director
West Coast District Health Board
Mobile: 027 289-0621

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